Gary Myers Touts Qualities Needed to be Judge

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 07/16 2014 09:25PM

Updated 07/24 2014 11:41PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After 36 years in the legal profession, Gary Myers decided that running for circuit judge was his next step in serving the community.

"I've done prosecutions in Jackson County, Missouri," Myers said. "I've done defense work, I've done wrongful death cases. I've done some of the largest contractual disputes in northwest Missouri history."

On the campaign trail, Myers touts his involvement with Rotary, Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts, Family Guidance and other groups. He says he knows being a judge carries responsibility.

"I have had to make some tough, difficult decisions in my life," he said. "You do what you have to do as long as you do it with compassion in mind."

Family is important to Myers, who was raised in St. Joseph. He's been married to his wife Sally for 41 years. He has three children and two grandchildren.

If elected, Myers wants to focus on the problem drugs and alcohol play in dividing families and sending people to jail.

"We need to get case work in place in the jail and attack that so we don't have repeat offenders," Myers said. "It will save the county a lot of money over time and it's the right thing to do for human beings."

Those who support Myers' campaign say he is an honest man with the perfect temperament to be a judge.

"Very proud of the fact that Gary is such a man of integrity that he has not taken campaign contributions for his run as a judge," said longtime friend Kevin Kirby. "That's something that makes him stand out as a candidate."

"I am up to the task," Myers said. "I would be passionate about serving in that role."

Myers says one of his biggest professional accomplishments was writing the state's "Call Before You Dig" statute.

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